Dr Matthew Roskruge is a Kiwi health economist currently working to investigate how New Zealand’s nursing workforce is managing in the Covid-19 crisis, and what measures are needed to sustain an already-pressured sector of healthcare.
“Nurses are working on the front lines and experiencing the risks and vulnerabilities not only to themselves but also their whanau. Serious mental health consequences such as anxiety and depression may result, harming wellbeing and undermining our health system,” he says.
Dr Roskruge will work with Associate Professor Margaret Brunton and Dr Catherine Cook, both of whom are internationally recognised researchers and former frontline nurses. Together they aim to “change the way we value and support our nurses” and address workforce sustainability with resilience strategies for nursing staff and their employers.